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Stealth / Re: F-35 Lightning II
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:57:12 PM »
F-35 at Paris Air Show 2017

Miscellaneous / The Kobayahi Maru scenario
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:18:07 PM »
Wrath of Khan version


JJ Abrams' Star Trek

Iligan City to bring back National Steel Corporation
June 18, 2018  April Al Ian T. Jacob

ILIGAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) - Using the cebuano word ‘gabanag-banag’ which can be roughly translated to ‘comes forth as the morning rising,' Acting City Mayor, Vice-Mayor (Msgr.) Jemar L. Vera Cruz zealously announced in his message during the 68th Adlaw sa Iligan on June 16 the ‘almost’ and ‘very near’ opening of the National Steel Corporation (NSC).

He said this highlighting the enormous contributions of Mayor Celso G. Regencia who is now on his three month suspension, and the members of the 16th council of Sangguniang Panlungsod.

"We are moving heaven and earth to open again the National Steel Corporation," Vera Cruz said.

 He further encouraged the technical working group for the NSC to focus on the interest of the people.

Vera Cruz, before sharing the updates and good news on bringing back NSC, also shared several points on the politics of Iligan City for 68 years.

“We need to unite, we can go nowhere if we are not united,” he said this saying that Iliganons should be united in mind, heart and its steps toward a better Iligan.

He asked everyone who are in power to set aside personal interests and pride in the name of public service.

 As he concluded his message, he asked everyone “to be with us, dream with us, and work with us to achieve its dreams for the City of Iligan.” (AAIJ/PIA Iligan)


Duterte rules out facilitator in peace talks

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte does not want a third party facilitator in the peace negotiations between the government and communist rebels.

The President also wants the peace talks to be held in the Philippines.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte emphasized that the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines–New People’s Army–National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) hold the negotiations on Philippine soil instead of Norway.

Norway had acted as facilitator since 2001.

“Whatever process needs to be undertaken will be undertaken but the President has emphasized that this is the talks between Filipinos, it should be held in the Philippines. Hindi naman po kinakailangan pa na mangibang-bayan para makapag-usap ng kapayapaan lamang dahil tayong lahat ay Pilipino (We don’t need to go abroad just to talk peace because we are all Filipinos),” Roque told reporters.

He said the Philippine government would relay to Norway Manila’s decision to change the venue.

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Reservist Affairs / Army eyes Cafgu camp in Sagada
« on: June 20, 2018, 02:36:40 PM »
Army eyes Cafgu camp in Sagada
8 hours ago

REELING from the violence of rebel groups, the army is asking for the setup of a Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) station in Sagada town.

General Leopoldo Imbaga of the 503rd Infantry Brigade is recommending the formation and installation of Cafgu in the town dubbed as a peace zone to deter any attacks by rebel groups.

Imbaga during the RPOC meeting in Ifugao said the declaration of a peace zone in the area has long been violated owing 162 attacks since 2010.

A resolution from the RPOC condemning the recent attack in Sagada is also in order in a bid to secure peacekeeping efforts of government forces in the town.

On June 5, a police officer was killed while nine others were hurt during a shootout when personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 and Mountain Province Provincial Mobile Force Company, who were conducting peacekeeping operations, encountered an undetermined number of armed rebels at Mt. Sipitan, Barangay Aguid.

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UK reveals days at sea for Type 45 destroyers
Tim Ripley, London - Jane's Navy International
15 June 2018
Half of the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 air-defence destroyer force was confined to port for most of 2017, according to data released under the country’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act on 12 June.

The BAE Systems designed-and-built Daring-class destroyers have been plagued with availability problems linked to the warship’s electric drive system, and one of the vessels had to return home from a deployment to the Middle East in 2017 after a technical problem with a propeller shaft.

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Reservist Affairs / 84 paramilitary men complete training
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:30:37 PM »
84 paramilitary men complete training
6 hours ago

A TOTAL of 84 Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) Active Auxiliary II graduated Monday, June 18, after completing their Basic Military Training conducted by the Task Force Davao (TFD).

TFD commander Colonel Noloasco Mempin, in an interview Monday, said the 84 newly-graduated Cafgu successfully finished the 45-day training inside their headquarters in Sta. Ana Pier, Davao City.

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He said 54 of the graduates replaced former Cafgus who were terminated or were enlisted in the regular force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines while the remaining 30 were part of their request from the city government of Davao last year due to lack of personnel.

Two companies of CAA II under TFD were filled up. The Department of National Defense had already approved the three companies for Davao City alone.

These personnel will be deployed in different detachments of Task Force Davao in Lasang, Calinan, and Toril, Davao City.

US approves equipment and weapons for Indian Apache procurement
Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
13 June 2018
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The State Department’s approval of the USD930 million sale for items in support of six additional Apache helicopters was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 June.

The six Apaches for the Indian Army are in addition to 22 such helicopters ordered in 2015 for the country’s air force. While the helicopters are being procured through a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS), the approved items are being sourced via a Foreign Military Sale (FMS).

As noted by the DSCA, the items comprise 14 T700-GE-701D engines; four AN/APG-78 fire control radars; four radar electronic units (REU) Block III; four AN/APR-48B modernised radar frequency interferometers (M-RFI’s); seven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors (MTADS-PNVS); 14 embedded GPS inertial navigation systems (EGI); transponders; simulators; communication equipment; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment; and other support equipment.

Approved weapons comprise 30 mm cannons and ammunition; 180 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles; 90 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles; 200 Stinger Block I-92H missiles; rockets; as well as training and dummy missiles.

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These activities were actually first reported by Mayor Bitoonon during the Aquino administration.

Joma ‘entitled to his own opinion’ on peace talks delay, says Dureza
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jun 15 2018 05:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 15 2018 05:43 PM

MANILA - Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison is “entitled to his own opinion,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s peace adviser said Friday after the exiled communist leader hit the chief executive for delaying the resumption of the peace talks.

Sison on Thursday said he was “exasperated” that the Philippine government “turned against written agreements” signed during backchannel talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the Netherlands from June 5 to 10.

The CPP founder had hoped that the peace talks would resume on June 28, with a stand-down deal to take effect a week prior.

“He is entitled to his own opinion and we respect it. Our purpose in seeking more time is precisely to strengthen and protect the gains achieved so far by both panels in the backchannel talks,” presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza said.

Sison had accused Duterte and Dureza of wanting nothing but the “immediate capitulation of the revolutionary movement under the guise of an indefinite ceasefire and killing" of negotiations between the government and the NDFP.

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Filipino Potential / BDO partners with Japan's Bank of Fukuoka
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:17:55 AM »
BDO partners with Japan's Bank of Fukuoka
Posted at Jun 18 2018 02:24 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2018 02:39 PM

MANILA - BDO Unibank on Monday said it was chosen by Japan's Bank of Fukuoka Ltd as its partner-bank in the Philippines.

The Philippines' largest lender said it would serve the needs of Bank of Fukuoka clients who want to do business in the country.

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Palace prefers PH as venue of peace talks with Reds
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jun 18 2018 02:38 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Monday said it prefers for the peace talks to be held in the Philippines than be held in a neutral country, even as Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison warned this could result in the end of the negotiations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said a third-party negotiator may no longer be needed as President Rodrigo Duterte “does not understand” why there is a need for the peace talks to be held in another country.

Norway has been acting as the current third-party negotiator in the on-and-off peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the political arm of the CPP.

“Let’s just say as far as the President is concerned, venue matters. He does not understand why we should continue talking in Norway. Pare-pareho naman tayong Pilipino. Bakit kailangan lumayo pa?” Roque said in a press briefing.

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Firefight erupts between AFP, Maute group in Lanao del Sur
Posted at Jun 17 2018 10:48 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2018 08:35 AM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) A firefight erupted between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the remnants of the Maute group in Tubaran, Lanao del Sur Sunday.

According to Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., there is an ongoing firefight and airstrike against the remnants of the Maute-ISIS group led by Humam Abdul Romato Najid, alias Abu Dar.

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) assemblyman Zia Adiong said local disaster officials are already helping the civilians fleeing the area.


Gloria Arroyo lawyer: Aquino provoked China’s ‘island-building factory’
Published April 21, 2017 12:56pm
Updated April 21, 2017 2:14pm

The lawyer of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo blamed her successor, Benigno Aquino III, for provoking China into building artificial islands over disputed territories.

In a press conference for his primer on the West Philippine Sea dispute, Estrelito Mendoza said China’s “island-building factory” was pushed by the case that the Aquino administration filed before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

“As it turns out, that turned out to be a very significant event to China. Because China now has stated categorically and explicitly that its island-building factory … was provoked by the arbitral claim in the Philippines,” Mendoza told reporters, who were invited by Arroyo.

“So in effect, we were fighting in The Hague—we seemed to be winning in The Hague—but China outflanked us and China made it a point that while we were winning in The Hague, China was winning in the waters of the South China Sea,” he said.

Mendoza noted that this is “now going to be the most difficult problem” inherited by President Rodrigo Duterte.

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General Discussion / We defended what is ours, insists Del Rosario
« on: June 16, 2018, 08:29:57 PM »
We defended what is ours, insists Del Rosario
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:21 AM June 16, 2018

Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday took exception to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s claim that the Aquino administration had “mismanaged” its handling of the country’s territorial row with China over portions of the South China Sea.

In a statement, Del Rosario disputed Lorenzana’s remarks that the foreign policy implemented by former President Benigno Aquino III during his term only resulted in “chaos.”

“In dealing with this powerful nation (China), we were being asked to acquiesce, but we did not. If this is being deemed as chaos, so be it,” he said.

“At every opportunity, no matter what the odds, we spoke to defend what is ours … We had garnered the support of many countries, which we presumed would have continued their support when we had won our case,” he added.

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